Seminar highlights Women’s Right to Vote to ensure leaving no one behind in elections 2018

  • Press Release Date: Thu, December 7, 2017

    Islamabad, Thursday, December 7, 2017: In the backdrop of National Voters Day, a seminar titled “Leaving No One Behind: Parliament & Women’s Right to Vote” for the promotion of debate & dialogue on Gender Gap & electoral rolls was held at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services on Thursday December 7, 2017. The Seminar was organized by Women Parliamentary Caucus, of the National Assembly and PIPS in collaboration with Tabeer- Consolidating Democracy in Pakistan (CDIP) who aims to contribute to the consolidation of democratic practice in Pakistan by strengthening the capacity of democratic institutions to be more effective & accountable. The partner organizations included Women Parliamentary Caucus & British Council Pakistan. The event was attended by more than 100 participants including Parliamentarians, prominent members of Civil Society Organizations, officials of Election Commission of Pakistan, students of various educational institutes of Islamabad and Media.

    The proceedings commenced with the National Anthem. Seminar inaugurated with the recitation of few verses from holy Quran followed by welcome remarks by Executive Director PIPS Zafarullah Khan. “Vote is a unique social equalizer”, said Zafarullah Khan.

    An insightful & candid panel discussion was held regarding parliament & women’s right to vote. Mr. Zafar Iqbal & Ms. Nighat Siddique represented Election Commission of Pakistan and highlighted the steps taken by the ECP to create awareness & ensuring women voter’s registration. Team Lead Tabeer – CDIP Mukhtar Ahmad Ali also deliberated his views & said “to strengthen democracy we need to use our right to vote”. Representation from National Assembly included Honorable Member National Assembly Shagufta Jumani,

    Information Minister Maryum Aurangzeb & Secretary General WPC Shaista Pervez Malik.

    “Democracy has been the savior of this country, we need to use our vote to strengthen democracy” said Maryam Aurangzeb. MNA Shagufta Jumani while sharing her insight said “we need to create awareness & remove hurdles in the way of women voters’ registration”.

    Honorable Ms. Shaista Pervez Malik, Secretary Women Parliamentary Caucus / Member National Assembly was the chief guest. While addressing the participants, she expressed the need for all political parties of the country to encourage women participation in elections. She believed it is the foremost duty being nation of true democrat Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who endorsed women participation in every walk of life. Parties, Election Commission of Pakistan, academia, youth, media and civil society all must encourage young college and university girls and counterparts in rural areas to register as voters for the 2018 general elections, she concluded. Ms Shaista Pervez Malik eulogized role of PIPS team in supporting the MPs and she also extended her gratitude & appreciation to the partner & support organizations for initiating a dialogue/discourse on a topic most neglected & of utmost importance in Pakistan. The seminar ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, Director Research & IT PIPS. Before the formal inauguration of Seminar, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services and Tabeer- Consolidating Democracy in Pakistan (CDIP) for the promotion & strengthening of democracy & democratic practices in Pakistan.